欲速則不達

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Chinese[edit]

 
desire; longing; appetite; wish
fast; rapid; quick
 
(expresses contrast with a previous sentence or clause); standard; norm; rule; to imitate; to follow; then; principle
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
attain; pass through; achieve; reach; realize; clear; inform; notify; dignity
trad. (欲速則不達)
simp. (欲速则不达)

Etymology[edit]

From Analects 13.17:

小利欲速則不達小利大事不成 [MSC, trad.]
小利欲速则不达小利大事不成 [MSC, simp.]
Wú yù sù, wú jiàn xiǎolì. Yùsù zé bùdá; jiàn xiǎolì zé dàshì bùchéng. [Pinyin]
Do not be desirous to have things done quickly; do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

欲速則不達

  1. haste makes waste